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oakum

[ oh-kuhm ]
/ ˈoʊ kəm /
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noun
loose fiber obtained by untwisting and picking apart old ropes, used for caulking the seams of ships.
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Origin of oakum

before 1000; Middle English okome,Old English ācuma, variant of ācumba, literally, offcombings, equivalent to ā- separative prefix (see a-3) + -cumba (see comb)
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British Dictionary definitions for oakum

oakum
/ (ˈəʊkəm) /

noun
loose fibre obtained by unravelling old rope, used esp for caulking seams in wooden ships

Word Origin for oakum

Old English ācuma, variant of ācumba, literally: off-combings, from ā- off + -cumba, from cemban to comb
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